Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It was my first full week back to work, and I am so looking forward to this weekend!


As a teacher, I really appreciate the work that my kids' teachers do. I've been on a few elementary field trips, and OMG, I was not meant to work in grades K-5! If you're not familiar with the behind the scenes of teaching, most teachers don't receive a lot of financial help with the materials they use in their classrooms, and I think elementary teachers especially spend a lot of their own money trying to create a fun learning environment for their students. There is a special place in heaven for these teachers, so every year at Meet the Teacher Night, we take a small gift for the kids' new teachers. Also, I have working mom guilt, so I like to give the teachers a little something to say, "Thanks for taking care of my kid- call me if you need me, but you probably won't see me much this year! K bye!" Here are some ideas we've used in the past or plan to use in the future:

1) Flair pens



This year, we're gifting our teachers with some Flair pens and a small Target gift card. Teachers (both men and women) are addicted to Flair pens, and you know that a Target card will always put a smile on the recipient's face! I got this idea a few years back from THIS post. 

2) Hand soap/sanitizer



I made these for the kids' teachers a few years ago. You can make a tag similar to THIS one, and attach it to a bottle of sanitizer (it's always needed) or to a yummy smelling hand soap from Bath & Body Works. I like that the tag includes your personal information and lets the teacher know that he/she can count on you for volunteer work. Check out THIS post for a cute idea for a smaller pocket sanitizer.

3) Mini wreath



Do you already know your child's teacher well? If you know her favorite colors, college sports team, etc., then a fun mini ribbon wreath is easy to make, and it's something she can keep on her wall or door year-round. I made the one in the picture for our neighbor last year, and then I made a blue and orange one for Ari's preschool teacher since she loves the Florida Gators. You can check out a tutorial HERE.

4) Stationery/note pad



I love note pads, list pads, sticky notes, and stationery! Picking up a simple set or a pad with her initials on it is sure to be appreciated. THIS post made cute tags about having a bright year, but you could certainly just give the paper as is with a cute ribbon and note. 

5) Mini bundt cake



So this picture is actually for Christmas time from THIS post, but I think next year, I'll make or buy some mini Nothing Bundt Cakes to give to the teachers and make a tag that says, "Wishing you nothing bundt a great school year!" If you don't have a Nothing Bundt Cake store by you, I highly recommend THIS recipe. 

Do you give your kids' teachers a little gift to start the year? Tell me your ideas in the comments below!

In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 33
Show & Tell Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures
Ladies Who Link: Back to School

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I'm excited to do a whole lot of nothing this weekend! I hope that you have an enjoyable and very relaxing weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, Della, Tif, Katie, Amanda, Christina, Lauren, and Paula


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24 comments:

  1. I'm with you 100%, with the teaching background myself, oh how I know so I a,ways made sure my boy's teachers had gifts, notes of appreciation, treats and occasional supplies at the early levels. I truly know how much they appreciated it. Lots of love on your weekend pretty lady, get some rest!

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    1. Don't forget those middle school and high school teachers! It gets expensive when the kids get a lot of teachers, so I know a lot of families tell the kids to pick 1 or 2 teachers that they'd like to give a bigger gift to. My favorite gift I've ever received was a Fandango card to go to the movies a couple of times over the summer!

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  2. I didn't appreciate the long hours and hard work that teachers put into their job until my daughter started teaching (K and Grade 1). It's incredible and takes dedication and love of the work. Thank you to all those who teach!!! Bless you!

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    1. Oh my gosh, Beth! Your daughter is a saint! I hope she has a great school year! Thanks for the support!

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  3. Love these! I always say I was a teacher in a former life as I looooove all things pens/stationary/crafts, lol.

    So glad your week went well!!

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    1. Some of my friends have complained about stationery as gifts, but it is something I use all of the time, so it is nice to not have to purchase it myself!

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  4. What grade do you teach Allie? I agree with you- I think all teachers are saints- LOVE the idea of the mini bundts too!

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    1. I'm teaching 8th grade again this year- I have taught 6th and 7th language arts, 8th grade history, 6th grade history, and history for English Language Learner newcomers.

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  5. I am an ex teacher - I think I shared that with you, maybe? I taught 9-12 and could never ever ever ever ever never do elementary. We would joke that elementary teachers were mental. My mom of course taught elementary school for 26 years. Case in point! She went broke being an elementary teacher - not only did she buy her supplies and books for the classroom but she also went the extra mile and was buying coats, shoes, and outfits, bookbags, etc for her students that were in need. Some teachers still do that and some just coast by - either way I love the ideas you show support to them! Happy weekend - I also remember the preciousness of Fridays after you started back....oh they were just little gifts all wrapped up in themselves! xo

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! Yea- my personality is definitely geared more towards the awkward middle school years! Your mom is awesome!

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  6. What great ideas! I love them. And you are right, flair pens put a smile on anyone's face :) Happy Friday! Surviving that first full week back always deserves a little something special!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I can't wait to veg out and watch my shows this weekend!

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  7. I give teachers so much credit. You are always "on" and have so many responsibilities to juggle. Good luck to you and Robert this year!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! I'm ready for this weekend after being "on" at inservices! :)

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  8. Alise always took first day happies to her teachers on the first day when she was in elementary. In middle school things change, and although I've seriously thought about it this year, Alise would be too embarrassed now to take them to school!! She didn't even want to take in their Christmas gifts last year! Sigh.

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    1. Aww I'm sad she's embarrassed! Some of our parents drop off the little gifts in the front office, and the office staff puts them in our boxes or delivers them to our classes.

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  9. We are all about a Bundt Cake!!!!! Those are the cutest ideas and a great recommendation from a teacher. Good luck next week when the students roll in!!!! Have a great weekend!!! XO

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    1. Now I have to find a mini bundt cake pan! Luckily I have one more week before the kids start- just have to get a lot of lesson stuff together quickly! Glad you've made it to Nashville safely!

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  10. Hope you had a good first week back at school! I don't know how k-5 teachers do it either. I always taught high school, but I subbed at my kids' elementary school for awhile. Being with the same kids all day long was NOT my favorite. We always did back to school surprises when the kids were little, but now just send something every once in awhile - maybe Christmas. That's a good idea about dropping it in the front office. Have a relaxing weekend!

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    1. So true- the variety of personalities makes it much easier! I only subbed in elementary about 3 times, and yikes! No bueno!

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  11. LOVE these. Thanks to your post the other day I ordered our teachers some of my favorite felt tip pens and of course ordered myself some too! I now have a cute graphic to print off to go with it - thanks! xoxo ERIN

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  12. I never thought to give a gift at the start of the year! I love these ideas and it would give me an excuse to go to office max! Ha. Thank you for sharing and I hope your weekend is a blissful one!

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    1. You like Office Max? I think they're such a rip-off! I actually found Flair pens cheaper at my grocery store though than they were at Target!

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